Paul and Seneca in Dialogue

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Editors: Joey Dodson and David Briones
Paul and Seneca in Dialogue assembles an international group of scholars to compare the philosophical and theological strands in Paul and Seneca’s writings, placing them in dialogue with one another. Arguably, no other first-century, non-Christian writer’s thoughts resemble Paul’s as closely as Seneca’s, and scholars have often found value in comparing Pauline concepts with Seneca’s writings. Nevertheless, apart from the occasional article, broad comparison, or cross-reference, an in-depth critical comparison of these writers has not been attempted for over fifty years – since Sevenster’s monograph of 1961. In the light of the vast amount of research offering new perspectives on both Paul and Seneca since the early 1960s, this new comparison of the two writers is long overdue.
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Biographical Note

Joseph R. Dodson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is associate professor of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. In addition to several articles and essays, he is the author of The 'Powers' of Personification (BZNW, 2008) and co-editor of Paul and the Second Century (LNTS, 2011).

David E. Briones (Ph.D., Durham University) is professor of New Testament at Reformation Bible College. In addition to several articles and essays, he is the author of Paul’s Financial Policy: A Socio-Theological Approach (LNTS, 2013).

Review Quotes

' Der Dialog, den es nicht gab, wird in dieser Aufsatzsammlung nachgereicht. Dank ihrer tatsächlichen Gemeinsamkeiten lassen sich die beiden in eine Art fruchtbares, wenn auch fiktives Gespräch bringen, das mit dem Ende des Buches noch lange nicht zu Ende scheint. [...] Den postumen Dialog zwischen Paulus und Seneca, damit auch zwischen Theologie und Philosophie, haben die Herausgeber und ihre Autoren überzeugend darzustellen gewusst.'
Joachim Köhler, Hamburg, Theologische Literaturzeitung 142 (2017) 9

Table of contents

Contents

Foreword
C. Kavin Rowe

Introduction
David E. Briones and Joseph R. Dodson

1. Seneca and Paul: The First Two Thousand Years
Harry Hine

2. Some Observations on Paul and Seneca as Letter Writers
E. Randolph Richards

3. Jesus Christ and the Wise Man: Paul and Seneca on Moral Sages
Runar Thorsteinsson

4. Paul and Seneca on Suffering
Brian J. Tabb

5. Benefiting Others and Benefit to Oneself: Seneca and Paul on 'Altruism'
John M.G. Barclay

6. Paul and Seneca on the Self-Gift
David E. Briones

7. 'We are Debtors': Grace and Obligation in Paul and Seneca
David A. deSilva

8. (Dis)correspondence of Paul and Seneca on Slavery
Timothy Brookins

9. Paul and Seneca on Women
Pauline Nigh Hogan

10. Paul and Seneca on the Body
Michelle Lee-Barnewall

11. Paul and Seneca on the Cross: The Metaphor of Crucifixion in Galatians and De Vita Beata
Joseph R. Dodson

12. Paul in Philippians and Seneca in Epistle 93 on Life after Death and Its Present Implications
Troels Engberg-Pedersen

13. The Salvation of Creation: Seneca and Paul on the Future of Humanity and of the Cosmos
James Ware

Readership

This volume will be at home in institutes and academic libraries as it is targeted at specialists and post-graduate students interested in Early Christianity and Roman Stoicism.